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KAISERLICHE MARINE (GERMANY)

CRUISERS

CÖLN light cruisers (1918)

Dresden 1918

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Cöln 247 Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 1915 5/10/1916 17/1/1918 interned 11/1918, scuttled 21/6/1919
Wiesbaden 433 Vulcan, Stettin 1915 3/3/1917 --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Dresden 601 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1916 25/4/1917 28/3/1918 interned 12/1918, beached 21/6/1919
Magdeburg 602 Howaldtswerke, Kiel 1916 17/11/1917 --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Leipzig 235 Weser, Bremen 1915 28/1/1918 --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Rostock 434 Vulcan, Stettin 1915 6/4/1918 --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Frauenlob 42 KW Kiel 1915 16/10/1918 --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Ersatz Cöln 236 Weser, Bremen 1916 --- --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Ersatz Emden 237 Weser, Bremen 1916 --- --- sold incomplete 11/1919
Ersatz Karlsruhe 43 KW Kiel 1916 --- --- BU incomplete 1920

 

Displacement normal, t

5620

Displacement full, t

7486

Length, m

155.5 oa 149.8 wl

Breadth, m

14.2

Draught, m

6.43 deep load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Marine steam turbines, 14 Marine boilers

Power, h. p.

31000

Max speed, kts

27.5

Fuel, t

coal 1100 + oil 800

Cöln: coal 1100 + oil 1050

Endurance, nm(kts)

5400(12)

Cöln: 6000(12)

Armour, mm

belt: 60 - 18, deck: 40 - 20, slopes: 60 - 40, glacises: 100, CT: 100, shields: 50, mine hold: 30

Armament

Cöln, Dresden: 8 x 1 - 149/42 SK L/45 C/09, 2 x 1 - 88/45 SK L/45 C/13, 4 x 1 - 500 TT, 200 mines

incomplete ships: 8 x 1 - 149/42 SK L/45 C/09, 3 x 1 - 88/45 SK L/45 C/13, 4 x 1 - 500 TT, 200 mines

Complement

559

Ship project history: With the outbreak of war the restrictions on numbers imposed by the Naval Act vanished. To replace the war losses of light cruisers the Imperial German Navy began an ambitious programme of ten vessels, but because of manpower and material shortages only two were commissioned, although five more were launched. From the point of view of design they were an improved version of the second Königsberg class,

Ship protection: Main belt was 60mm thick abreast machinery and 18mm at ship ends, it was closed fwd by 40mm bulkhead. 40mm protective deck above machinery was connected with the belt by 60mm slopes, ship ends were protected by 20mm deck with 40mm slopes. CT had 100mm sides and 20mm roof, guns had 50mm shields and 20mm protection of ammunition hoists. Mine holds were protected by 30mm sides and 20mm roof.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Dresden and Cöln (ii) were scuttled at Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919. The others were broken up in the 1920s.

Cöln 1918

Ivan Gogin, 2014